Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe
I don't know the thermal difference between my 2500K and a 2600, but I have a Corsair H50 with 2 Noctua fans in push/pull. I am OC'd to 4.0 but I idle at 36 and if I push it real hard can get to 60. I'm a little disappointed in idling at 36 with a 95 watt CPU. I am considering a Notcua NH-D14. Although it's large it is probably te best you are going to get on air, as far as I know. And, BTW the temps are the same running at stock, as I never increased the voltage.
I personally don't think he requires either of those solutions, or even the one I use since he's not overclocking at all.....
Quote: Originally Posted by mjf
Thanks for the response. I've certainly googled the issue but thought fellow forum members may have some experience to share.
I do 2 things that run the CPU heavily.
1) Some numerical modelling (past-time) that can run for hours.
2) Encode my Blu rays for use on a media player and fiddle with video coding generally.
I think if he has to get something, maybe this would be sufficient.... Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
For what he's doing I wouldn't spend no more then $50 bucks on a cooler, 50 being the high end.
My two cents.
BTW.... "I'm a little disappointed in idling at 36 with a 95 watt CPU" - that's not bad at all considering you're OC to 4gig. I'll take that all day. My OC i7-950 OC to 3.8 idles at 41. Besides you'll long replace that CPU before the heat gets to it